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Catch the Weekend Buzz!  09/12/2014 - 09/14/2014

Catch the Weekend Buzz! 09/12/2014 - 09/14/2014

Looking for something to do this weekend? We’ve compiled a list of activities for easy viewing....

THIS SATURDAY the FFS Food Pantry is Open to Accept Donations!

THIS SATURDAY the FFS Food Pantry is Open to Accept Donations!

Most Needed Items: Non-perishable items Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich Sliced White/Wheat Bread...

Calling Local Professionals to Volunteer for Frisco ISD ISM Business Symposium

Calling Local Professionals to Volunteer for Frisco ISD ISM Business Symposium

Frisco ISD seeks volunteers to offer professional advice to approximately 250 high school juniors...

Ebby Halliday Realtors In Frisco Hosts Charity Golf Tournament And Lexus Raffle To Benefit City House

Ebby Halliday Realtors In Frisco Hosts Charity Golf Tournament And Lexus Raffle To Benefit City House

Frisco, Tex. (September 10, 2014) – Ebby Halliday Frisco will be hosting its Sixth Annual Charity...

 Community Open Houses Invite Residents to Share ideas for Frisco's Future; First of Four Meetings Wed., Sept. 10

Community Open Houses Invite Residents to Share ideas for Frisco's Future; First of Four Meetings Wed., Sept. 10

(September 9, 2014)  “What do you want Frisco to be in the next ten or twenty years?” ...

Community Open Houses Invite Residents to Share ideas for Frisco's Future; First of Four Meetings Wed., Sept. 10
(September 9, 2014)  “What do you want Frisco to be in the next ten or twenty years?”  Share your answer in person by attending a Community Open House in your neighborhood beginning Sept ...
Frisco Police Incident Reports 09/01/2014 - 09/07/2014
DATE              CFS#         OFFENSE/INCIDENT LOCATION09/01/2014 14077941 ACCIDENT INVOLVING DAMAGE TO VEH>=$200 5800 FM ...
Frisco Police Arrest Reports 09/01/2014 - 09/7/2014
ARREST#   DATE            CHARGE LOCATIONOFFENSE 14001738 09/01/2014 7500 423 FAILED TO SIGNAL TURN FAIL TO REPORT CHANGE OF ADDRES ...
Frisco Police Continue to Investigate Dhawan Deaths
(September 5, 2014) The Frisco Police Department continues to investigate the deaths of Sumeet and Pallavi Dhawan. Investigators continue with the processing of the crime scene at 15405 Mountain View ...
Streets surrounding Frisco Square Closed Sept. 6 for Charity Walk
(September 5, 2014) The streets surrounding Frisco Square and the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center will be closed Saturday morning, September 6, between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. for a charity walk. ...
Calling Local Professionals to Volunteer for Frisco ISD ISM Business Symposium
Frisco ISD seeks volunteers to offer professional advice to approximately 250 high school juniors and seniors involved in the Independent Study and Mentorship (ISM) program. ISM is a challenging cour ...
Frisco ISD Plans New Elementary for 2015, Names New Schools
The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees voted Monday evening to accelerate construction of a new elementary school to relieve Ashley Elementary in the northeast portion of the District. Construction will no ...
Frisco ISD to Celebrate New Elementary Schools
Frisco ISD invites students, parents and community members to help celebrate the opening of its four newest elementary schools. The District will host an official dedication ceremony at each campus h ...
Frisco Band Boosters Announce the “My City Ride” Car Raffle
The Frisco High School Band Booster Association, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of the “My City Ride” car raffle benefiting the music education of students in the Frisco High School Ba ...
Juvenile Impact Program Makes Positive Changes for Youths
FRISCO, TX – This month the Frisco Police Department’s Juvenile Impact Program (JIP) will conduct its 60th session since its inception in 2007.  The program works to bring law ...
THIS SATURDAY the FFS Food Pantry is Open to Accept Donations!
Most Needed Items: Non-perishable items Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich Sliced White/Wheat Bread Canned Pasta Meals (Ravioli, Spaghetti O's, etc.) Boxed Meal Helpers (Hamburger Helper, etc.) Boxed Mac a ...
Ebby Halliday Realtors In Frisco Hosts Charity Golf Tournament And Lexus Raffle To Benefit City House
Frisco, Tex. (September 10, 2014) – Ebby Halliday Frisco will be hosting its Sixth Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Stonebriar Country Club on Thursday, October 23. One hundred percent of the proce ...
Collin County White Ribbon Rally 10/2
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. To bring awareness to our community, the Collin County Council on Family Violence (CCCFV), an initiative of the Junior League of Collin County, and the Co ...
Laura Roach, Jeff Yates, Manuel “Mito” Gonzalez, and Sharon Corsentino Named 2014 Super Lawyers
Albin Roach Attorneys Recognized for Outstanding Achievement PLANO, TEXAS (September 9, 2014) - Albin Yates Balius Roach is proud to announce that Partners Jeffrey Yates and Laura Roach, and Associat ...
Pat Lobb’s Toyota of McKinney is presenting sponsor for 2nd Annual Riding 4 Meals Motorcycle Run
FRISCO, Texas, Sept. 3, 2014 – Frisco Family Services is excited to welcome Pat Lobb’s Toyota of McKinney as Title Sponsor for the 2nd Annual Riding 4 Meals Motorcycle Run on Saturday, Sept. 20. P ...
Help us Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer by running or walking in the 29th annual Oktoberfest Run for the Children 5K/1M
Join the fight against childhood cancer by running or walking in the 29th annual Oktoberfest Run for the Children on Saturday, September 20, 2014. This family-friendly event is presented by Tom Thumb ...
“Leadership Lessons Of Ronald Reagan” To Be Theme Of Denton County GOP Victory 2014 Kickoff Rally
It’s hot in Texas, as hot as the 2014 political scene. As the days count down toward Election Day in November, it will grow even hotter! No one loved a good political race more than our 40th Preside ...
Ready2Go™ Draft Winners Join Pro Football MVP Adrian Peterson in Educational Video About Anaphylaxis Preparedness
Video Will Aim to Address Gaps in Knowledge About Life-Threatening (Severe) Allergies  PITTSBURGH – Aug. 25, 2014 – Mylan Specialty, the fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical business o ...
Divorce Series: Should you keep the house? 4 things to consider
If you are facing a divorce, you will have to sort through the debts and assets you share with your spouse. One of the hardest decisions can be landing on “who gets the house?” and getting the pro ...
Frisco returns to its original 'Once A Week' Outdoor Watering Plan; City stresses importance of keeping systems 'Off', water only if needed
(August 28, 2014) Effective immediately, Frisco residents and businesses may return to ‘once per week’ watering restrictions on their ‘trash day’ using automatic sprinkler systems. Watering is ...
Strong second half performance in Salt Lake undone by late goal
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Legends Release 2014-2015 Schedule
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For The 'Riders, That's All She Wrote
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Catch the Weekend Buzz! 09/12/2014 - 09/14/2014
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2014 Pumpkin Patches, Festivals, and more!
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Each year 10 to 12 million kids in the U.S. participate in sports. Statistics show that hundreds of children collapse while playing sports every year, and most of those cases involve some type of underlying, previously undiagnosed heart condition.

Sudden cardiac death occurs in one child per 100,000 each year. Ninety percent of these sudden deaths occur immediately post training or during competition with football and basketball having the highest incidence.

If your child plays sports, do you need to take precautions?

Causes of Sudden Cardiac Death

Any young athlete can have a sudden cardiac arrest, when the heart abruptly stops beating. In these incidents, the person may stop breathing, become unresponsive and exhibit no detectable pulse. Unlike a heart attack, where a loss of blood supply causes the heart muscle to become dysfunctional, a sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart's electrical system fails. Impulses to the heart are not able to form an organized beat, which may cause the heart to beat erratically or stop altogether.

"The common causes for sudden cardiac death are thickening of the heart muscle, enlarging of the heart, coronary artery abnormalities and disorders of the heart's electrical activity," said Dr. Michael Day, a cardiologist at Children's Medical Center.

Heart screenings

To prevent an unexpected collapse, Dr. Day recommends that every young athlete should undergo a thorough evaluation.

"Before heading to the practice field, a careful history and physical by a primary care doctor focusing on exercise-induced symptoms, family history and cardiac exam and vital signs should be performed as a precautionary measure," Dr. Day said.

Strenuous physical activity is thought to trigger cardiac episodes. Most collapses occur suddenly, but there can be observable warning signs. Studies show that about half of pediatric patients who succumb to sudden cardiac death had experienced a warning sign.

Children who have any of these conditions should take it a step further and undergo a cardiac evaluation:

  • Exercise-induced symptoms such as difficulty breathing during exertion
  • Chest pain
  • Fast or irregular heartbeats
  • Fainting during exertion
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Resting tachycardia (rapid heart rate in an inactive or sleeping individual)
  • Resting hypertension (elevated blood pressure in an inactive or sleeping individual)
  • Family history of sudden cardiac death or enlarged or thickened heart in young family members
  • New onset of a heart murmur in an adolescent
  • Excessive parental/child anxiety or stress

The most comprehensive cardiac evaluations for young athletes include a resting electrocardiogram (ECG), 24-hour ECG monitoring, exercise stress testing, an echocardiogram or combinations of all of these procedures.

But Dr. Day says that most parents should not worry because the conditions which cause sudden cardiac death are rare, especially for children.

In fact, a teen is about 500 times more likely to die in a car accident than while playing sports.

The one for heart health

The Heart Center at Children's offers Cardiovascular Assessments for children involved in school athletic programs, after-school sports and sports organizations for children who are advised by their pediatrician to schedule a more thorough evaluation. Children's has a team of electrophysiology specialists who have worked with the state of Texas to evaluate the assessment of student athletes.

To make an appointment with Dr. Day or our many other specialists at our locations across the metroplex, including our new Pediatric Specialty Care Center in Southlake, call 817-730-KIDS.

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